Commenting on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Russia, Speaker of the National Assembly Mr Asad Qaiser stated that Pakistan aspires to have cordial relations with all the countries of the world based on its national interest.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day international conference titled “South Asia: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges” organized by the Institute of Regional Studies in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung .
The Speaker of the National Assembly lauded Paki-stan’s exemplary relations with China, but ex-pressed his concern over the deteriorating relations with India owing to Indian actions in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir . Mr Qaiser highlighted the important role played by think-tanks in informing policy decisions.
In a written message sent to conference organizers, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi urged the regional countries and the international community to synergize their efforts to stabilize Afghanistan as well as work towards unlocking the true potential of the over 1.7 billion, mostly young, population of South Asia.
The Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari highlighted the achievements of her ministry in ensuring basic human rights for the citizens of Pakistan. She added that Pakistan took a human rights-based approach towards the Covid-19 pan-demic by looking after the interests of all segments of the society.